[mythtv-users] Another Mythmusic Idea: The Infinite Walkman

George Galt george.galt at gmail.com
Tue May 25 13:55:12 UTC 2010

On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 10:30:01AM +1000, David Whyte wrote:
>> Sounds good.  I have long dreamt of the same concept.  Consider me interested!
>    This basically sounds like AirVideo but for music.
>    A mythfrontend idea in general sounds interesting but gets very tricky
> once you get into stuff the phone or andriod device doesn't support. Being
> able to access all of your stuff anywhere definitely sounds compelling.
>    OTOH, you could just get an Andriod device with a big hard drive.
>    A lot of the bother with an iPhone or iPad is the relative lack of
> storage space. Get a device with a nice fat hard drive and a lot of that
> frustration goes away.
>> And I am not an Android Developer but would be more than happy to help
>> out where possible.  I have an Android phone, am a Java developer and
>> have gotten as far as writing 'Hello, Android World' using the Android
>> SDK and Emulator :)
>> On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM, Christopher X. Candreva
>> <chris at westnet.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > OK, corny name.  However, as an Android phone owner unlikely to buy any
>> > I-anything, I've been trying to come up with a system for dealing with a
>> > ripped CD collection, now that all my DVDs are on a server.
>> >
>> > My problem has always been, it's far easier to go to a CD rack, grab one,
>> > and run out the door then to have to sit at the computer and load up what I
>> > wanted. That, and eve a 16gig phone isn't going to hold a majority of my
>> > music.
>> >
>> > Here's a pure thought design: What about a media player on the phone, that
>> > has the URL of the myth backend. On startup, it syncs just the database of
>> > music metadata. You navigate using the standard media player interface all
>> > your miusic -- anything you might have copied to directly to the phone, and
>> > anything back home on your server.
>> >
>> > If you pick a song that's on the local flash, it plays it. If you pick a
>> > song on the backend, it starts a download  of the track or album your
>> > selected.  If your connection is fast, it plays right away. If not, it's in
>> > the queue to start whenever it downloads.
>> >
>> > Now, your 16gig memory card becomes a big cache of what you've listened to
>> > most recently. Before long your favorite stuff will be local, but you still
>> > have almost instant access to anything you own.
>> >
>> >
>> > Hence -- the Infinite Walkman :-)
>> >
>> > Now you don't have to worry about loading up your player before you leave,
>> > as long as your phone has a data connection (and you don't use up your
>> > bandwidth alotment)
>> >
>> >
>> > Anyone see any problems with the general conecpt ? More importantly, ave I
>> > reinvented the wheel ?
>> >
>> >
>> > The Myth part I could probably code up purely as web scripts (CGI/PHP as
>> > appropriate). Then the trick would be to find an Android programmer
>> > interesting in moding the stock player app.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > ==========================================================
>> > Chris Candreva  -- chris at westnet.com -- (914) 948-3162
>> > WestNet Internet Services of Westchester
>> > http://www.westnet.com/
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I realize this takes things outside the realm of MythMusic, but take a
look at Softsqueeze (http://sourceforge.net/projects/softsqueeze/),
which interfaces with Logitech's open source SqueezeBox Server
software (http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com/). I use this combination
to stream my music from my server at home via SSH to my computer at

The Softsqueeze player is java-based and can be skinned so you should
be able to create an Android-sized skin that would give you access to
your music with relatively little work.

FYI, there is a Myth plugin that also interfaces with the SqueezeBox
Server at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mythsqueezebox/, but does
not really work for streaming outside of your LAN.  The site needs
some updating, but the version that works with MythTV 0.22+ is
available only through SVN at svn co


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